Winter Storm Warning: Traffic & Road Conditions

With southwest Oregon bracing for heavy snowfall at higher elevations, road conditions could change quickly over local passes. NewsWatch 12 will update this article frequently with any major developments.

Posted: Dec 3, 2018 9:30 AM

This article will be updated with alerts from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) or local agencies whenever conditions become impacted by weather.


MEDFORD, Ore. —

UPDATE: With snow flurries coming down near the E Diamond Lake Summit on Highway 138 in Klamath County, ODOT now requires chains on vehicles towing or over 10,000 GVW between mileposts 83 and 93.

While Lake of the Woods has seen some snow flurries, it so far has not been sticking to the roadway and ODOT is only requiring that drivers carry chains or traction tires.

Other passes have seen rain or isolated snow flurries, but no indication of heavy snow thus far.

(Updated 11/30/18 at 5 p.m.)


INITIAL REPORT: With the National Weather Service warning of an incoming winter storm and ODOT bracing for impact, some precautionary measures are already being issued — even though the storm itself is a few hours away yet.

At present, ODOT requires that drivers carry chains or traction tires while traversing the Siskiyou Summit (I-5 south of Ashland), Sexton Pass and Canyon Creek Pass (I-5 north of Grants Pass), Canyon Creek Pass, Hayes Hill Pass (Highway 199 south of Grants Pass), Lake of the Woods and Doak Mountain Summit (between Medford and Klamath Falls).

The majority of these passes are expected to see snow by Friday afternoon, so caution is advised for travelers. A WINTER STORM WARNING has been issued between 4 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday for much of southern Oregon and northern California above 2,500'. Accumulating snow and heavy snow will make for difficult to dangerous travel conditions.

Stay with NewsWatch 12 for the latest updates on traffic and road conditions, plus up-to-date forecasts from our StormWatch 12 meteorologists throughout today and into the weekend.

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Multnomah104558
Marion90925
Washington69517
Clackamas29410
Deschutes1200
Linn1159
Umatilla1123
Polk9610
Lane672
Yamhill657
Jackson600
Benton555
Clatsop450
Klamath410
Coos310
Malheur280
Josephine261
Douglas250
Jefferson240
Wasco181
Columbia160
Hood River120
Morrow120
Lincoln90
Tillamook60
Curry60
Union60
Crook50
Wallowa20
Sherman10
Grant10
Harney10
Baker10
Unassigned00

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Confirmed Cases: 96400

Reported Deaths: 3769
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Los Angeles460232116
Riverside7004292
San Diego6701249
Orange5469133
San Bernardino4365176
Alameda287493
Santa Clara2652139
San Francisco238640
Kern187129
San Mateo183376
Tulare164175
Santa Barbara155112
Fresno148222
Contra Costa133637
Sacramento130256
Imperial127423
Ventura91230
San Joaquin75233
Kings6472
Stanislaus64628
Sonoma5004
Solano45520
Monterey4138
Marin40314
Merced2616
San Luis Obispo2591
Santa Cruz2002
Yolo19422
Placer1859
Napa1013
Humboldt932
Madera842
El Dorado780
San Benito722
Nevada411
Sutter402
Del Norte370
Shasta364
Butte340
Mono341
Yuba281
Mendocino210
Inyo191
Mariposa151
Calaveras130
Lake120
Glenn120
Amador100
Siskiyou61
Colusa50
Lassen40
Plumas40
Tuolumne30
Tehama31
Alpine20
Trinity10
Sierra10
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